Roles define a specific set of access permissions, and are the primary organizational structure for Users within the platform.
Each User is assigned a single Role which determines their Permissions within the App and API. Roles also include options for configuring platform access, Two-Factor Auth, Module Navigation, and Collection Navigation. You can create an unlimited number of roles, so organize your users in whatever way feels most appropriate.
Two default roles, Public and Administrators, are available after installing a clean copy of Directus.
# Relevant Guides
- Creating a Role
- Configuring a Role
- Configuring Role Permissions
- Configuring System Permissions
- Deleting a Role
# Public Role
Not technically a role, "Public" can't be found in the
directus_roles table. Instead, it represents the lack of a
role, providing a place to configure permissions for unauthenticated users. This role can not be deleted.
Private by Default
All of the data within Directus is private by default. Permissions within the public role can be added by administrators on a case-by-case basis.
# Administrators Role
During the installation process, Directus automatically creates an "Administrators" Role, which is used to provide the initial admin user with full platform access. However this is just a normal role, and so it can still be updated, renamed, or even deleted. Keep in mind that your project must maintain at least one role with Admin Access at all times.